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- Ron MacLean makes awkward apology after French-Canadian ref conspiracy theory (Puck Daddy):
It’s been a while since we had a foot-in-mouth apology from Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean, but the venerable host felt it necessary to issue one after insinuating that French-Canadian referees would have the appearance of favoritism towards the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In case you missed it: Tampa Bay Lightning Coach Jon Cooper was “pissed” after their Game 3 loss because referee Francois Charron waved off an apparent goal due to goalie interference on
- Oilers name Scott assistant GM (The SportsXchange):
The Edmonton Oilers hired Bill Scott as assistant general manager on Monday. Scott spent the past four seasons as general manager of the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL. The Barons made the Calder Cup playoffs in each season under Scott. “I would like to welcome Bill and his family to Edmonton,” general manager Craig MacTavish said in a
- Anton Belov on leaving Oilers for KHL: ‘I didn’t want to stay with that coach’ (Puck Daddy):
Anton Belov signed a four year contract in the KHL with SKA St. Petersburg. To some it was an unexpected move. For others, Belov could never fulfill the promise that the one-time best KHL defenseman would become a good player for the Edmonton Oilers.
Belov joined the Russian national team in Novogorsk, near Moscow, to get ready for the IIHF World Championships that will take place in Minsk, Belarus beginning May 9. He was asked about his departure from the NHL by Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel
- What We Learned: Boston Bruins hypocrisy already dialed up to 11 (Puck Daddy):
Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.
As if things hadn’t gone sideways enough in Boston when Shawn Thornton slew-footed and concussed Brooks Orpik just days after talking about how he’s viewed as being almost too honorable — and in doing so highlighted everything that’s awful about this current
- Blackhawks recall G LaBarbera, D Dahlbeck (The SportsXchange):
The Chicago Blackhawks recalled goaltender Jason LaBarbera and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck from Rockford of the American Hockey League, the team announced
- Mason out for Game 1; Murray on MacLean; another NHL concussion lawsuit (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy):
Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey
- Panthers jump Sabres to win NHL draft lottery (The Associated Press):
NHL draft lottery losers last year, the Florida Panthers had their number come up this year. The Panthers bucked the odds Tuesday by jumping up a spot and earned the right to the top pick in June. Florida, which finished 29th in the league, vaulted ahead of the last-place Sabres, who had the best odds of winning the lottery held in Toronto. We’ve very excited,” said Travis Viola, Panthers president of hockey
- Who is Travis Viola and why was he the Florida Panthers’ NHL draft rep? (Puck Daddy):
Seated at the table in the TSN studios were the usual suspects for the NHL Draft Lottery. Brian Burke, repping the Calgary Flames, seated between Scott Howson of the Edmonton Oilers and Trent Klatt of the New York Islanders. At the end was Tim Murray of the Buffalo Sabres, in all his Dwight Schrute-ness.
But among the front office wonks, crusty GMs and ex-players was a new face, with a familiar name: Travis Viola.
It’s the question most of Canada was asking, making him a trending
- Panthers win NHL draft lottery (The SportsXchange):
The Florida Panthers, who finished with the second-worst record in the NHL this season, won the league’s draft lottery
- Florida Panthers win 2014 NHL Draft lottery, leaping over Buffalo (Puck Daddy):
The Buffalo Sabres had a 25 percent chance of taking the top spot in the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery, which would have been a nice consolation prize after a terrible, imploding season.
Alas, they got more sand kicked in their face – Floridian sand.
The Florida Panthers, with an 18.8 percent chance of getting the top pick, won the NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night.
Last season the Panthers had the best odds and fell to No. 2 overall, taking forward Aleksander Barkov.
“We’re looking to
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